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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Tucson Audubon’s Living With Nature Monthly Programs entertain, inform, and educate. Expert guest speakers give timely presentations on birds, birding, and habitat conservation and other environmental issues that affect the health of birds. These free educational programs are open to the public, all are welcome! No reservation is necessary in Tucson and Green Valley. You must RSVP for the Oro Valley talk at 520-622-6014.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule or scroll down to see upcoming talks   


TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Pima Community College – NW Campus – Room #G105
7600 N Shannon Rd, (SEE MAP)
Birds, Riparian Restoration, and the El Rio Preserve with Janine Spencer
The Town of Marana is moving forward with riparian restoration plans for the El Rio Preserve (AKA Coachline Gravel Pit). This area currently holds water intermittently and is dominated by invasive species – but it is a haven for birds. 223 species have been sighted at this location, including some rarities.
Future plans for improvements to the El Rio Preserve include ponds, an arroyo feature, removal of some invasive plants, and planting/seeding natives. Come and learn more about how this restoration will affect the birds in this area.
Janine Spencer is currently an Environmental Projects Manager for the town of Marana. She has worked in Arizona for over 30 years on many threatened, endangered or candidate bird species, including SW willow flycatchers, yellow-billed cuckoos, Northern goshawks, burrowing owls, Yuma clapper rails, and Mexican spotted owls. She has a master’s degree in wildlife management.

– September through May (none in December, see Holiday Potluck), usually the second Monday of the month, 6:00-6:30pm- social time, 6:30-7:30pm-program.

Tucson lectures are held at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. See updated map

May 15
Holistic Hummingbird Hosting with Sheri Williamson
A bottle of sugar water is all you need to attract hummingbirds to your porch or patio, but these fast birds need more than “fast food” to survive. A few simple tweaks to your feeders and garden can help promote the health of both your hummingbird visitors and the native ecosystems on which their survival depends.

– November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00–11:00 am

In Green Valley, the lectures are held at Green Valley Recreation’s Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino del Sol. See map

No talks scheduled at this time


ORO VALLEY –  Saturdays, 12:00–1:00pm
In Oro Valley, the lectures are held at WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr. See map
Please RSVP to 520.622.6014 as space is limited to 60 seats per lecture.

May 20
Protecting Raptors from Electrocution with Jim Bennett, Larry Weigel, Starlight Noel-Armenta
We will be presenting TEP’s program which is a partnership with the University of Arizona and consists of a proactive approach to providing raptor friendly structures while ensuring safe and reliable electric service to customers and complying with federal regulations.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule

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Tucson Audubon Society

300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

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477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624